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Book Title: A Private Sorcery|
The size of the: 371 KB
Edition: Algonquin Books
Date of issue: October 14th 2002
ISBN 13: 9781565123410
The author of the book: Lisa Gornick
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:“Every now and then a new voice comes along that makes sense of our deep need for stories and their tellers. Lisa Gornick is one of those voices…A Private Sorcery is a wonderfully honest book, deeply felt, with characters carved from the true stuff of what we are. A first-rate novel.”
—Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of TransAtlantic and Let the Great World Spin
Saul Dubinsky, a sensitive, shy psychiatrist, was living a dual life. Following the attempted suicide of one of his patients, the dedicated young doctor turned to drugs. When he’s arrested on criminal charges, his wife and his father are left to figure out how things went so wrong and why they were blind to the pain of the man they both love.
Saul’s emotionally remote wife, Rena, confronts the failures of their marriage and, for the first time, faces her shame about her fatherless, hardscrabble past. Saul’s father, Leonard, who’d long ago given up practicing psychiatry, blames himself for his son’s breakdown. He finds that he can no longer escape the memory of the troubled patient who changed the course of his own career nor deny his complicity in his wife’s illness. As Rena and Leonard each grapple with the impact of Saul’s arrest, they are drawn closer together-and a delicate transformation begins to occur in each of them.
This is an immensely satisfying and ultimately triumphant story abouat the precarious balance within a family and about the unconscious ways in which we affect the lives of those we love most. Full of wisdom and insight, A PRIVATE SORCERY marks the debut of a talented writer.
Read information about the authorLisa Gornick is the author of the novels A Private Sorcery (Algonquin), Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador), and Louisa Meets Bear (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador). Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in Agni, The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Slate and Real Simple, and have received many honors including Distinguished Story by the Best American Short Stories.
With the publication of her first novel, A Private Sorcery, Lisa Gornick was hailed by National Book Award winner Colum McCann as “a new voice…that makes sense of our deep need for stories and their tellers.” Her second novel, Tinderbox, received Four out of Four Stars from People, and was called a “an extraordinary book, written for adults” by National Book Award finalist Joan Silber. Louisa Meets Bear received Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was chosen as a “Fresh Pick” for book clubs by Oprah.com, the Long List for The Story Prize, and a Finalist for The 2016 Paterson Fiction Prize.
Gornick earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale and is a graduate of the writing program at NYU and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia, where she is on the faculty. For many years, she worked in clinics, hospitals, and private practice as a psychotherapist, a profession she has depicted in various essays as based on “sacred trust.” At present, she lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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